I have been looking for about 8 months for a pair of Mandarin. The other day, I found ONE! The individual who had him did not have a female for him but I bought him anyway in hopes that his other breeding pair may have a clutch in the next few months. He's been home for 2 days now and he is very depressed. He has not eaten and I havent seen him take water. I have him in a large rabbit cage (4 ft wide by 2.5 ft deep by 2.5 feet tall) in my garden tub in the house. We have an enclosure ready for him but I need to get the small pond put in and dont want to do it while he is in there. So, Im going to dig the pond this weekend and get him in the enclosure then. 1. any suggestions on acclimating this new addition? i.e., leave him alone, black out his holding pen, noise you know, whats best to help him feel comfortable for now. 2. I'm thinking i may go ahead and find a compatible male (he does not have anymore mandarin drakes, but lots of other call type ducks) or a hen of another type ? ? ? I would like to put 4 ducks in this enclosure anyway. I dont think it would be "fair" to go ahead and get another pair of call ducks and he still be left out and I'm not sure how adding another type of female would work out! 3. just put him in the enclosure and wait for a female? I just want to make sure I give him a really good start....I know he is going to be lonely!!!! When I went to this individual, I was looking for a pair of lady amherst....took only enough money to buy the pheasants and did not bring extra carriers with the sole purpose of NOT bringing anything home that I wasnt "prepared" for.......but couldnt pass up the mandarin (its a sickness, I tell ya)!!!!!! So, now, thanks to my spur of the moment tendencies, I have a mandarin drake that is lonely and scared! Please Help!